Second the gentleman below's thanks to Nick Tosches for flipping on the Em switch in my brain -- and for a very special and satisfying read and re-read. "Where Dead Voices Gather," kids; to read is to rock.
This man makes me feel something deep down inside. I hear the sound of a fellow who devoted his life to entertainment and all the essence-of-peppermint harshness that entails. Thanks to Nick Tosches for writing the best book ever written (yes, that's right...best...book...ever...novel or otherwise) about this fascinating character. "Barnyard them dice!"